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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) | 1-2 hours
Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that foster hope and resilience are better prepared for lifelong health and well-being. At the same time, the 1998 landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrated that many adults recall experiences—including abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and areas of household dysfunction—that led to lifelong poor physical and emotional health. While ACEs are important, an exclusive focus on adverse experiences risks labeling children and their families, and it neglects to turn attention toward the possibility for flourishing even in the face of adversity (Sege, R).

The objectives for the ACEs training include:
  • Raise awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences research including the impact on social connections, school readiness and the likelihood of developing negative health behaviors;
  • Inform participants of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework being implemented to prevent ACEs called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments; and
  • Brainstorm concrete ways to cultivate relationships and environments that create a positive impact for children and families in our communities.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting | 1-2 hours
Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and others, are mandated reporters meaning they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. This presentation will address areas of risk and protective factors, definitions of child abuse and neglect per Kansas law and provide examples of signs and symptoms. Participants will also learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws.

The objectives for mandated reporter training include:
  • Identify risk and protective factors related to child abuse and neglect;
  • Define the various categories of abuse and neglect and identify the signs and symptoms of each category; and
  • Understand the role of the mandated reporter and learn the process for making reports.

Period of PURPLE Crying® | 1 hour
The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the peak time when babies cry more often. Infants who cry a lot or are awake and fussy at night are a source of concern for many parents. Because of the normal increase in crying that occurs in the first months of a baby's life, parents and caregivers usually have questions. Crying is the most frequently reported trigger for why a parent or caregiver would shake a baby. Early prevention education is the key to decreasing the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome primary prevention program, created by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Learn about the Kansas strategy, how PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state, how the program was selected and the research behind it.

The objectives for Period of PURPLE Crying® training include:
  • Define Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and characteristics of this form of child abuse;
  • Explain the connection between normal infant crying and shaken baby syndrome; and
  • Reference the Period of PURPLE Crying® program and explain how it helps educate and prevent shaken baby syndrome.

Making the Business Case for Prevention | 30 min-1 hour
Strong families build strong businesses. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are prevalent in Kansas, with more than 50 percent of Kansas adults having at least one ACE. High ACE scores (3+) in Kansas are more prevalent among adults under age 65, thus having an impact on our current workforce especially working Kansans with lower levels of education and earning lower annual incomes. A low unemployment rate in Kansas (<3.4%) with approximately 50,000 open jobs increases the number of low income workers with high ACE scores entering the workforce. Mitigating the negative economic consequences of this developing workforce requires employers to create Family Friendly Workplaces (FFW).

The objectives for this training include:
  • Provide an overview of ACEs research and the impact on the workforce; and
  • Discuss proven FFW strategies.


KCSL staff are available to do presentations for a variety of audiences including church groups, child care workers, educators, foster parents and other groups of mandated reporters. Cost for ACEs, Mandated Reporting and Period of PURPLE Crying® presentations is $75 per hour. Making the Business Case for Prevention is free. Email training@kcsl.org for more information.
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Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training: 2 hours
Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.

Topics covered in this training include:
  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse
  • The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur
  • The signs of sexual abuse so that you might intervene and be able to act responsibly
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse
  • The importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults
To learn more about Darkness to Light, please visit d2l.org. This training is currently being offered through a grant made possible by the Kansas Attorney General's Office. To schedule at training, please email training@kcsl.org for more information.

While supplies last, this training is provided at no charge through a grant with the Office of the Kansas Attorney General.
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